Alcohol-induced Blackouts May Predict College-age Injury Risk

Risky drinking and its consequences are common on college campuses. In fact, in 2001 almost 600,000 such injuries occurred and in 2005 almost 2,000 U.S. College students died as a result. Now, researchers have discovered that alcohol induced blackouts can be a predictor of the likelihood of booze-related injuries. Study participants who reported no alcohol-fueled blackouts had a 2-year injury rate of 25.6%. However, a significant dose response was found for alcohol-induced injury of 57% in those reporting 1-2 memory blackouts and 164% for those reporting 6+ blackouts.

PositiveTip: It may be popular, but college-age students should avoid binge-drinking for many reasons, including accident prevention.